Men’s Premiership: Fixture Preview

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With important games at both ends of the Men’s Ulster Hockey Premiership table this weekend six teams are set to be in action.

Newry Olympic travel to Belfast Harlequins in hope of a much-needed win in their bid to close the gap at the bottom of the table.

The visitors are currently four points behind Mossley with the game set to be the first of their three games in hand as they battle to stay in the division next season.

When the two sides last met it was the South Belfast side who took all three points with a 1-0 win at Deramore in November. A swift counter-attack was rounded off by a goal courtesy of John Metcalfe in the only goal of the game.

However, the County Down side will be hoping to build upon a win in their last game when they beat Mossley in a 3-2 classic.

Elsewhere, Queens University will be hoping to take advantage in one of their games in hand over table toppers Bangor as they host Kilkeel. Meanwhile the visitors are hoping they can make it three wins in four games.

The University have been in good form themselves, winning three of their last five with an 8-0 thrashing of North Down, the highlight of their recent run.

Kilkeel come into the game in sixth place, but a win would significantly close the gap to second placed Portadown having played two less games.

In the final game of the day Civil Service will be hoping to extend their gap from the bottom as they travel to fourth placed South Antrim.

Service currently holds a four point lead on ninth placed Mossley who occupy the relegation play-off spot, whereas their Lisburn based hosts sit comfortably in the top half of the table.

The sides most recently met just two weeks ago when it was South Antrim who came out victorious with a 3-1 win at home.  A similar result today would see them win a third game in a row.

There are also three fixtures in the Ulster Intermediate League with Antrim hosting CIYMS, Raphoe travelling to face PSNI and Saintfield taking on Portrush.



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